Construction to begin on new Coventry MRF

Sherbourne Recycling Limited has announced it has signed a contract to begin construction on a new Material Recycling Facility (MRF) located in Coventry, UK.

The recycling company is owned by eight local authorities around the Midlands: Coventry City Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, North Warwickshire District Council, Rugby Borough Council, Stafford District Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Walsall Council and Warwick District Council.

The facility, once operational, will have the capacity to process 175 kilo-tonnes per annum of domestic and commercial recycling, and is expected to save councils around £1.4 million a year.

Richard Dobbs, Managing Director of Sherbourne Recycling, said: “Over the last decade it has been increasingly challenging and expensive for local authorities to manage recyclate collected at the kerbside.

“By creating a partnership, we were able to develop the business case for a regional 175 kilo-tonnes per annum facility, and now with Machinex on board as our process equipment provider, we are really excited about being able to take greater control and push market boundaries.

“After months of hard work, today signifies a huge achievement for all involved in the project. With all contracts now in place we can begin the hard work of building the MRF of the future and creating our place in the market.”

Construction of the facility, which begins in summer 2021 and is expected to take 15 months to complete, will be overseen by Nottingham-based Clegg Group and waste equipment manufacturer Machinex.

The MRF will integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into its operations, with the facility set to utilise sorting robots and optical sorters. The operational management of the MRF will be based on data collected by the AI.

Following planning approval from Coventry City Council in January 2021, the MRF is set to be built on former allotment land next to the Energy-from-Waste facility operated by the Coventry and Solihull Waste Disposal Company (CSWDC).

It will be just over 12,000 square metres and set on a four-acre site allocated for waste use in Coventry’s Local Plan from 2017.